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An Asphalt Driveway Sealcoating Guide for Homeowners

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Having your driveway resealed isn’t as big a job as, say, having your kitchen remodeled. But like any home improvement project, it helps to have as much information as possible early on.

That’s why we want to use this blog post to try to answer a few of the most common questions we get from homeowners about asphalt driveway sealcoating. Read on to learn the whys, hows and whens of resealing your driveway. Continue reading "An Asphalt Driveway Sealcoating Guide for Homeowners"

When is it Too Cold to Lay Asphalt?

when is it too cold to lay asphaltWhen you think of people putting down asphalt, you tend to picture that work happening during the hot weather months.

That’s because people in the asphalt repair industry tend to agree that the period between mid-June and September is the best time to lay asphalt.

Does that mean that your driveway or parking lot is off limits once October comes? Not necessarily. It’s just the question “When is it too cold to lay asphalt” is one that doesn’t have a simple answer.

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How Does Synthetic Asphalt Repair Work?

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When you think about it, your driveway sees a lot of traffic.

Maybe not as much traffic as, say, the road you take to work or even the street that goes past your house, but there’s still a steady flow of vehicles pulling into your drive on a regular basis.

You and your family members’ cars, visitors, repair crews, delivery drivers: Add in the effects of time and weather, and eventually, you’ll have a driveway that has seen better days.

That’s where synthetic asphalt repair comes into play. Some homeowners choose to use cold patch to fix their asphalt driveways, but we’d argue that synthetic asphalt repair is the better option. Here’s why.

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How to Maintain a Paved Driveway

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The asphalt that makes up your driveway is durable, but it’s not indestructible.

As anyone in the NJ driveway paving business can tell you, weather, foot and car traffic, and the passage of time all conspire to turn a surface that was once smooth and black into something grey and uneven.

That doesn’t mean you’re doomed to end up with an unattractive driveway. Here are a few things you can do to keep your drive well-maintained.

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7 Signs Your Asphalt Needs Repair

A pothole in need of asphalt driveway repair

The past few months have been pretty rough on local drivers, with the wintry freeze/thaw cycle leaving some serious potholes in area roads.

But sometimes damage to asphalt isn’t as obvious as a crater-sized divot in the highway. That doesn’t mean it isn’t as serious. Here are a few signs asphalt driveway repair or parking lot upgrades may be in your future. Continue reading "7 Signs Your Asphalt Needs Repair"

How Snow and Ice Damage Asphalt

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Anyone who’s spent time on the road in the wake of a Northeast winter knows the type of toll snow and ice take on our highways.

That same damage can affect the asphalt on your driveway or parking lot.

When it comes to snow and ice and asphalt repair, NJ residents should consider these factors:

  1. Constant thawing and freezing

As we write this, it’s late January. It’s 15 degrees outside, but the temperatures are expected to shoot up to 41 degrees later in the day, and then reach 50 the next day.

And while we appreciate not having to deal with frigid weather, these constant temperature fluctuations are not good for our roadways, parking lots or driveways.

When water permeates into cracks in the asphalt in the winter, it freezes, expands and causes these cracks to get wider. Worse still, the continual cycle of freezing and thawing can lead to potholes.

In places like NJ, asphalt repair services will use hot-mix asphalt, which is specially designed to withstand constant freezing and thawing.

  1. Deicers

Deicing materials such as salt, potassium acetate and magnesium acetate prevent snow and ice from freezing on asphalt surfaces. These products are invaluable to homeowners, business owners and commuters during the winter months.

But these products should be used sparingly, as they can be harmful to your asphalt, and to the environment. Consult with your local NJ asphalt repair company to get their advice on which deicers would – or wouldn’t – work with your paved surfaces.

  1. Snow melt

Because it absorbs the sun’s rays, asphalt can melt away snow faster than other surfaces. While this helps keep roads and parking lots clear, it can also lead to intense water runoff and even flooding.

Using porous asphalt allows water to drain through the asphalt and down to the stone bed below the surface, and eventually, into the soil.

  1. Snow plows

Whether it’s a private contractor or a public works crew, damage to pavement from plow blades is typically minimal, as these services set their blades high enough to avoid harming asphalt.

But any piece of equipment that scrapes your pavement is going to cause some damage, particularly when snow plows are used incorrectly.

The best way to avoid this kind of damage is by hiring a commercial snow plowing service. These services will avoid asphalt damages by using a protective rubber or plastic edge on their plow blades, and by making sure the blades are positioned above the surface.

When they need asphalt repair, NJ residents call on Beckage Sealcoating, which has spent nearly 25 years helping people protect their driveways and parking lots.

We offer a range of options to help your asphalt surfaces recover from harsh winters, as well as an expert sealcoating process that can protect your driveways and parking lots from future storms.

Contact us today to set up an appointment, and get started on protecting your surfaces from the worst winter has to offer.

When Should You Sealcoat or Repave Your Driveway?

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If you’re a proud homeowner—the sort of person who takes pride in maintaining a clean, properly repaired and well-kempt property—you’re likely aware of the importance of driveway maintenance. A home’s driveway, after all, is one of the first things a visitor notices about your property. If it’s cracked and rutted, it suggests that its owner isn’t necessarily concerned with the important details of home ownership.

And yet even if you are prepared to fix your faulty driveway, you’ll still need to decide whether its cracks and ruts are minor enough to allow for a driveway sealcoating job in New Jersey, or if you’ll need to have the entire driveway repaved. That can be a tough question for the average homeowner to answer, which is why we’ve put together an article that will help you decide exactly which sort of repairs you should be considering.

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Asphalt vs. Concrete: Which is Better?

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Concrete driveway or asphalt driveway? Which one will last longer? Which option will be more expensive to install? What are the most important pros and cons of each?

If you’re in the position of needing to install a driveway—or even a parking lot—at a residential or commercial location, these will likely be some of the very first questions you or your client will ask. Cost is always a crucial factor when planning jobs such as these, but so too is quality.

In this blog post, we’d like to share with you the several reasons we believe asphalt is always the wiser of the two choices.

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